Pizza! Pizza!

Slice of pizza

Pizza is a great food any time of year, but especially during October when we celebrate National Pizza Month. Hold the Anchovies!: Find out more about what goes into making pizza whether you like anchovies on top or not. Cool Pizza to Make & Bake: This book, from one of my favorite cooking series Cool Cooking, […]

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Get Ready for Bookamania!

A homemade found object puppet

Bookamania, a fun-filled celebration of books for the whole family held at the Harold Washington Library Center, is less than a month away! Get ready for the big day by reading the books created by our special guests that will be joining us on this extraordinary day. Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton, are the author […]

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Bullying Can End with You

Stop bullying sign

Does bullying happen in your school? How can you stop bullying in your school or community? National Bullying Prevention Month was created to bring people together to talk about bullying and how to stop it. Unite against bullying by wearing orange this month and by starting a discussion in your school about bullying. There are always two […]

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Remember Me: Day of the Dead/Recuérdame: Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos banner

Árboles (trees) ablaze with autumn colors, orange calabazas (pumpkins) carved with funny faces and falling temperatures just right for warm suéteres (sweaters) greet the annual celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). On November 2, families in México and Latin America, as well as Latinos in the United States, honor loved ones who've died with […]

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Scary Reads – for Me and the Middle School Crowd

Dragon shadow puppet in the forest

Calling all 'fraidy cats!  I know it's October, traditionally the time when people cuddle up under warm blankets to watch scary movies, read scary books and dress up in scary costumes. If you scare easily, like me, then you know it can also be an unnerving time. Just thinking about some of those gory movies […]

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Hooray for Bilingual Children! ¡Celebremos a los Niños Bilingües!

Source: Cristina, CPL

Are you raising a bilingual child? October is Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month and I'm excited to have a month especially for our children! I want to raise my boys bilingually like I was. Recent studies have shown that being bilingual is extremely beneficial for many reasons. Bilingual children have better cognitive and literacy skills, are better multi-taskers and find […]

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Kids, Are You Staying Safe Online?

Child using an ipad

The Internet is a great tool for school and fun, but it can also be a dangerous and sometimes scary place as well. You may think that you are safe on your computer or mobile device, but you need to be smart about what you do and what you share online. Girls and boys alike can […]

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Cool Kids Practice Fire Safety

Firefighter made of LEGOs

You may know that National Fire Prevention Week was established in 1920 to remember the Great Chicago Fire, but you may not know that the Great Chicago Fire wasn't the only fire happening on October 8, 1871. In Wisconsin, on the very same day, the Peshtigo Fire burned 1.2 million acres becoming the largest and […]

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Play Outside the Box

Source: Cristina, CPL

My children have an infinite amount of toys ranging from small and simple to large and complicated. So which is the best toy? It's always the empty box that provides them endless adventures. Not only is it fun, but it allows them to use their imagination, creativity and most importantly they learn as they play. The next time […]

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When Chicago Burned

On the night of October 8, 1871, in a small barn on DeKoven Street, a fire started. Two days later, 300 people were dead, 100,000 were homeless and 3.3 square miles of Chicago were in ruins. Yet the people of Chicago did not give up; they were determined to rebuild this great city by the […]

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